Something kind of embarrassing happened to me yesterday. I\u2019m shacking up at my sister\u2019s for the rest of the quarantine and we keep talking about doing art together. But I\u2019ve been here for days and all we\u2019ve done is talk. Then, when I looked at the dining room table, which I\u2019ve been using as a workspace for writing, it hit me that we didn\u2019t set up a workspace for painting. That\u2019s why we haven\u2019t been doing it. And all this time I\u2019d been wondering where our impetus went. I\u2019m no noob, I should have avoided this pitfall. But I didn\u2019t. You\u2019ve gotta have a workspace set up to work in. Or you won\u2019t work. Here\u2019s what happens if you don\u2019t set up your workspace You\u2019ll think about working. And talk about working. And talk about thinking about talking about working. You\u2019ll make excuses not to start painting. You need to decompress from work. There\u2019s something amusing on social media. And Netflix. And now it\u2019s time to go to bed. If your setup isn\u2019t there, if your backdrop isn\u2019t hung (or draped across the dining room table like ours), your easel\u2019s not set up, your paints and brushes and tools aren\u2019t out, your solvent containers aren\u2019t there, your substrate isn\u2019t in its place \u2026 Guess what? You\u2019re not going to work. Think about creating your workspace as your first project. Take advantage of the fact that you\u2019re self-quarantining. This is one of our lockdown activities. Set up your workspace I wrapped the table in plastic sheeting. Draped the old bed sheet which will later become a painting or at least a kick-ass room divider for some room I need divided someday. The paint, gesso and brushes are out. We have a small array of toned 8\u201dx10\u201d canvases and 9\u201dx12\u201d canvas sheets, plus some watercolor paper. Now we\u2019re set up to work. We have no excuse not to paint today. And every other day. The first thing we did last night was prime over some old watercolor paintings on paper so we'd have something to work on. And we agreed to work from 7-8 pm. Every day when we're finished I'll take a new photo of our table top. Your workspace should be one of the most inviting places in your home You must want to be there. Even if it\u2019s just a corner in a room where everyone else is watching TV. Even the act of setting it up and maintaining it can put you in a mood to paint. Are you messy? Canvases or other fabric you hang as backdrop to protect walls can evolve into paintings the more you work. So consider your backdrops, or drop cloths, as candidates for future paintings. Don\u2019t forget to have rags and containers for your solvents, too. You want every single piece of the puzzle in place so that all you have to do is enter your workspace and begin working. Not realizing that you need to rinse your containers or scrape your palette. This will distract you for a few minutes too long. Everything should be ready. I like to see or hear about other peoples\u2019 workspaces. How do you like to work? What items need to be there for you to get started? I\u2019d love to hear all about it in the comments.